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Enhance the Transparency in the Environment and Sustainable Development Sector (TN0026)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Tunisia Second National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry in charge of Civil Service, Governance and Fight against Corruption; Ministry in charge of Environment and Sustainable Development

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Aid, Capacity Building, Environment and Climate, Infrastructure & Transport, Legislation & Regulation, Legislative, Open Data, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

IRM Report: Tunisia End-of-Term Report 2016-2018, Tunisia Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Enhance the transparency in the environment and sustainable development sector

IRM Midterm Status Summary

6. Enhance transparency in the environment and sustainable development sector

Commitment Text:

This action aims to promote the principles and tools of good governance in the elaboration of Tunisian development plans, through the adoption of the objective indicators and the establishment of the three pillars of "Policy Brief" that have been formulated within the framework of the implementation of the goal of sustainable development “ODD16” in collaboration with the National Institute of Statistics and institutions intervening in the project.

Milestones:

  • Reaching the goal of sustainable development focused on the field of corporate governance "ODD 16";
    • Drafting the “policy briefing” of the ninth component of target 16 and its ratification by all stakeholders,
    • Elaborating of a governance study reference in Tunisia in the bases of policy briefing,
    • Elaborating indicators fixed by all stakeholders,
    • Monitoring and Implementing of 9th components of target 16
    • Integrating policy briefing in the elaboration of the Tunisian development plan
    • Evaluating the efficiency of these policies.
  • Developing and deploying an open data platform related to environment and Sustainable Development;
  • Developing and deploying a geographic information system about environment and sustainable development.

Responsible institution: Ministry in charge of Civil Service, Governance and Fight against Corruption.

Supporting institution(s):

Start date: June 2016        End date: July 2018

Context and Objectives

This commitment contains two broad milestones and another vaguely formulated one that doesn’t clearly identify intended results or specific activities. The general idea is to develop milestones that would provide data on environment and sustainable development. The first milestone aims to reach SDG 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels), which extends beyond the end of the action plan cycle in 2018. [27] The second milestone involves the development of an open data platform that is linked to the environment and sustainable development, with the third milestone developing a geographic information system about the environment and sustainable development. The commitment goal touches upon multiple policy areas, but it is not clear what these milestones are targeting more specifically.

Since two of these milestones aims to develop open data and geographical information systems, the commitment is relevant to access to information. During the field research, the IRM researcher possessed more details from the OGP point of contact, Khaled Sellami, [28] on this commitment, and the Ministry responsible for the environment and local affairs was responsible for developing these two systems.

Though the commitment is linked to the Open Data Platform and Geographic Information System, which aims to disseminate data that can assist civil society organizations and the private sector working on environmental matters and sustainable development, [29] the specificity of the commitment is low and given the lack of clarity on intended results, the potential impact is minor.

Completion

During implementation the lead ministry agency, the Ministry of Civil Service, Governance and Fight against Corruption, which was assigned to this commitment, was dissolved after the minister’s resignation. [30] The responsibility over the commitment went to the Ministry of Environment and Local Affairs.

As the different milestones are still being discussed and negotiated by the different levels of the Ministry of Environment and Local Affairs, implementation of the commitment is considered not started.

Next Steps

Addressing SDG 16 is a worthwhile initiative and could make for a strong and ambitious commitment. However, the IRM researcher recommends that the next action plan includes clearly formulated commitments that communicate intended results and measurable milestones linked to the most pressing aspects of this particular SDG.

[28] Interview with Khaled Sellami, May 10th, Tunis, Tunisia
[29] Ibid.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

6. Enhance the transparency in the environment and sustainable development sector

Commitment Text:

Sustainable development is considered among the most important approaches which must be adopted in order to establish good governance and ensure integrated development. The aim is also to take into account the specificities of the different regions in Tunisia and the right of future generations to benefit from resources and healthy environment.

Milestones:

  • Reaching the goal of sustainable development focused on the field of corporate governance "ODD 16";

This action aims to promote the principles and tools of good governance in the elaboration of Tunisian development plans, through the adoption of the objective indicators and the establishment of the three pillars of "Policy Brief" that have been formulated within the framework of the implementation of the goal of sustainable development “ODD16” in collaboration with the National Institute of Statistics and institutions intervening in the project.

  • Drafting the “policy briefing” of the ninth component of target 16 and its ratification by all stakeholders,
  • Elaborating of a governance study reference in Tunisia in the bases of policy briefing,
  • Elaborating indicators fixed by all stakeholders,
  • Monitoring and Implementing of 9th components of target 16
  • Integrating policy briefing in the elaboration of the Tunisian development plan
  • Evaluating the efficiency of these policies.
  • Developing and deploying an open data platform related to environment and Sustainable Development;
  • Developing and deploying a geographic information system about environment and sustainable development.

Responsible institution: Ministry in charge of Civil Service, Governance and Fight against Corruption and the Ministry in charge of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Start date: June 2016 End date: July 2018

Editorial Note: This is an abbreviated version of the commitment text. For the full commitment text from the Tunisia National Action Plan, see here.

Commitment Aim:

This commitment aimed to establish good governance and ensure integrated development by offering measures related to the implementation of sustainable development goal “SDG16”. The first milestone includes six measures centering around the draft and application of a policy brief formulated within the framework of the implementation of the goal of sustainable development “SDG16”. Other milestones under this commitment cover the development of an open data platform and a geographic information system focusing on environment and sustainable development

Status

Midterm: Not Started

The Ministry of Civil Service, Governance and Fight against Corruption, which was assigned to this commitment, was dissolved in 2017. The Ministry of Environment and Local Affairs then became the institution in charge of implementing this commitment. This change of leadership altered the commitment’s implementation starting date. The government states that by the midterm assessment, the implementation of the first and second milestone was complete. The IRM researcher, however, could not verify this. The implementation of the third milestone, that included the development of a geographic information system, did not start by the midterm assessment. [36]

End of term: Limited

In its End-of-Term self-assessment report, the government mentioned that a study had been conducted using the 2013 data. [37] A log frame [38] was developed by the Tunisian Government for policy briefs related to SDG16 for the Ministry of Interior. However, the OGP focal point confirmed to the IRM researcher that there is not a clear inter-governmental coordination to implement this commitment. [39] Given the lack of clarity of this milestone, the IRM researcher was unable to assess its completion.

The government stated that the second milestone, which was the development of an open data platform related to environment and sustainable development, has been implemented. [40] The IRM researcher assessed the website of the Ministry of Environment and could only find basic information. According to an interview with the OGP focal point, [41] the implementation of the third milestone was still ongoing, and a software agency was contracted to conduct the needs assessment. Taking all the milestones into consideration, completion of this commitment remains limited.

Did It Open Government?

Given the unclear relevance of this commitment to OGP values and the limited implementation, this commitment did not change government practice.

Carried Forward?

This commitment was not carried forward.

[36] Government of Tunisia, Tunisia Mid-Term Self Assessment 2016-2018, https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/tunisia-mid-term-self-assessment-2016-2018/
[37] Government of Tunisia, End of Term Self-Assessment-Arabichttp://www.ogptunisie.gov.tn/en/?p=1154
[38] A document that encapsulates the project’s objectives
[39] Interview with Walid El Fehri, Tunisian Prime Ministry, 15 March 2019.
[40] Government of Tunisia, Tunisia Mid-Term Self Assessment 2016-2018 https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/tunisia-mid-term-self-assessment-2016-2018/
[41] Interview with Khaled Sellami, Prime Ministry, Tunis, 18 May 2018.

Commitments

  1. Right to Information

    TN0036, 2018, Access to Information

  2. Open Data Framework

    TN0037, 2018, Access to Information

  3. Access to Geographic Information

    TN0038, 2018, Access to Information

  4. Open Transport Data

    TN0039, 2018, Access to Information

  5. Improve Water Resource Governance

    TN0040, 2018, E-Government

  6. Join EITI

    TN0041, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  7. Open Contracting in Hydrocarbons

    TN0042, 2018, Access to Information

  8. Anti-Corruption Framework

    TN0043, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  9. Participatory Budgeting

    TN0044, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  10. Youth Participation

    TN0045, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  11. Implement Initiatives to Apply the OGP at the Local Level

    TN0046, 2018, E-Government

  12. Online Administrative Services

    TN0047, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Access to Civil Service

    TN0048, 2018, Capacity Building

  14. Joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative "EITI"

    TN0021, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  15. Modernizing the Regulatory Framework to Enforce The Right To Access to Information

    TN0022, 2016, Access to Information

  16. The Completion of the Legal and Regulatory Framework of Open Data at the National Level

    TN0023, 2016, Access to Information

  17. Improve the Transparency and Local Gov Openness

    TN0024, 2016, Access to Information

  18. Enhance the Transparency in the Cultural Sector : “Open Culture”

    TN0025, 2016, Access to Information

  19. Enhance the Transparency in the Environment and Sustainable Development Sector

    TN0026, 2016, Access to Information

  20. Enhancing Transparency in the Transport Sector

    TN0027, 2016, Access to Information

  21. Promoting Financial and Fiscal Transparency

    TN0028, 2016, Fiscal Openness

  22. Elaborating a Legal Framework for Citizen’S Petitions

    TN0029, 2016, Capacity Building

  23. Developing an Integrated Electronic Civil Petition and Corruption Reporting Platform

    TN0030, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  24. Developing New Mechanisms to Promote Interaction with the Youth and Enable Them to Pursue Dialogue About Public Policies

    TN0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Adopting the Corporate Governance Referential on the Sectoral Level

    TN0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  26. Developing Mobile Applications Which Could Be Downloaded on the Mobile Phone to Reinforce Transparency of Government Activities and Participatory Approach

    TN0033, 2016, Capacity Building

  27. Enhancing Access to the Archive

    TN0034, 2016, Capacity Building

  28. The Development of an Electronic Mechanism to Ensure Transparency of Public Servants Recruitment

    TN0035, 2016, Capacity Building

  29. Strengthening Legal Framework for Corruption Fight

    TN0001, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  30. Developing an Integrated Electronic Civil Petition and Corruption Reporting Platform

    TN0002, 2014, E-Government

  31. Publishing an Annual Report on Audit Activities in Public Sector

    TN0003, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  32. Review of the Legal Framework of Personal Data Protection and Ensuring Conformity with Article 24 of Tunisian Constitution

    TN0004, 2014, Access to Information

  33. Developing an Open Data Portal

    TN0005, 2014, Access to Information

  34. Preparing a National Corporate Governance Repository

    TN0006, 2014, E-Government

  35. Establishing a Legal Framework That Regulates Communication and Interaction Within Public Sector and Between Public Structures and Citizens with Usage of ICT

    TN0007, 2014, E-Government

  36. Simplifying Administrative Procedures

    TN0008, 2014, E-Government

  37. Develop a Number of Administrative Services On-Line

    TN0009, 2014, E-Government

  38. Enhancing People Participation in the Decision-Making Process

    TN0010, 2014, E-Government

  39. Capacity-Building of Civil Servants and Citizens in the Area of Open Governance

    TN0011, 2014, Capacity Building

  40. Creation of a Structure Specialized in Training in the Governance Area

    TN0012, 2014, Capacity Building

  41. Publication of Budget Reports

    TN0013, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  42. Development of the Open Budget System

    TN0014, 2014, Fiscal Openness

  43. Use of the Data Extracted from the Application Dedicated to Budget Management (Adeb) in Public Sector

    TN0015, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  44. Publication of Reports Related to Attribution and Execution of Public Procurement and Audit Results

    TN0016, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  45. Publication of Recommandations Included in Audit Reports of Public Procurement

    TN0017, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  46. Development of an "Open Data" Platform Dedicated to Information Dealing with Oil and Mine Sector Investment

    TN0018, 2014, Access to Information

  47. Improve Transparency in the Area of Infrastructure Projects

    TN0019, 2014, Access to Information

  48. Devoting Transparency in the Environment Field

    TN0020, 2014, Access to Information

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